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By Kerry Hope, Business Development Manager, Magic Software South Africa (image: bluecoat.com)

SA Cloud market worth $140m and growing

February 21, 2017 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

South African enterprises are moving to the cloud. According to George Etheredge, ICT research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, the local cloud market is worth $140 million and growing. South Africa is way ahead of other African markets, with the necessary data centre resources and connectivity to have rapid adoption for cloud computing in the [&hellip...

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Financial institutions to benefit from faster and easier access to global foreign exchange markets via new BT Radianz FX express.

BT links up 5 biggest foreign exchange markets

February 21, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Finance, Software, Top StoriesComments (0)

BT (British Telecoms) has announced that it will be linking up the world’s five main foreign exchange (FX) locations to help boost the competitiveness of its global financial industry customers. The company will now be offering BT Radianz FX express,...

Bernard Ford One Channel CEO. (Source: techsmart)

How secure is data in a cloud ?

February 20, 2017 • Cloud ComputingComments (0)

Business leaders need to optimise and grow their businesses and cloud can certainly reduce costs and improve inefficiencies. However, how secure is data in the cloud ? A concern for any company is giving up control of its data to a third party. By outsourcing...

Dave Glass, Electrum Managing Director.

Electrum to simplify Value Added Services

February 20, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Finance, Southern Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

In a bid to boost revenue by hundreds of millions of Rands, retailers are increasingly selling virtual products and services known as Value Added Services (VAS). However, it is not as simple as selling normal stock as VAS which includes products such as;...

Sekete Patrick Maphopha, SE manager for Africa at NetApp.

Why the pop-up store cloud is unlikely to burst anytime soon

February 20, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Retail, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Enter any mall today and you are likely to come across the latest retail fad – the pop-up store. With the concept of ‘here today and gone tomorrow’ at its centre, this fresh, novel and creative concept has taken the world by storm. According a report by...

Verint has announced a global partnership with Content Guru to deliver Verint customer engagement solutions in the cloud. (image: Verint)

Content Guru to deliver Verint solutions in the cloud

February 15, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Top StoriesComments (0)

Verint Systems has entered into a global partnership with Content Guru. This partnership will enable Content Guru to deliver Verint customer engagement solutions—including workforce optimisation and speech analytics—as an integrated customer engagement...

Heinrich Venter, CEO of Infotech Limited.

Infotech announces market-leading acquisition

February 14, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Software, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Infotech Limited is proud to announce that its acquisition deal with Urbanise, a globally renowned provider of IoT (Internet of Things) and service delivery platform for buildings, is going ahead. Urbanise is an ASX listed global creator of a cloud-based...

Local customers now able to benefit from the full benefits of the Microsoft cloud services.

Westcon-Comstor to offer resellers Azure on its BlueSky platform

February 13, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is, effective immediately, enabling local reseller partners the opportunity to purchase Azure from its BlueSky digital aggregation platform. The announcement allows local resellers to purchase core components of the Azure...

Amr Kamel, Microsoft GM in the West, East, Central Africa & Indian Ocean Islands.

Over 554 million records stolen in first half of 2016

February 10, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Over 554 million records stolen in first half of 2016

More than 554 million data records were stolen during the first half of 2016, a 31% increase from the previous six months – and that was just from the enterprises that reported their breaches. Unfortunately, many organisations that experienced a breach...

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BlackBerry introduces cloud-based communications platform for developers

February 9, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Software, Top StoriesComments Off on BlackBerry introduces cloud-based communications platform for developers

BlackBerry Limited has entered the Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) market with the introduction of its BBM Enterprise SDK (software development kit) that aims to enable developers to integrate messaging, voice and video capabilities into...

The initiative provides a cloud based learning platform for IT skills development. (IBM)

IBM invests $70 million to bring digital skills for African youth

February 9, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Education, Top StoriesComments Off on IBM invests $70 million to bring digital skills for African youth

IBM is investing $70 million in building digital, cloud and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital – Nation Africa,”  aims to equip 25 million people with IT skills over the next...

Martin Walshaw, Senior Engineer at F5 Networks.

Protect yourself from cybercriminals this Valentine’s day

February 8, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, Opinion, SecurityComments (2)

According to romantic legend, St. Valentine was quite the match-maker, marrying young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II and literally losing his head into the bargain. It is a good yarn but, in truth, nobody knows who he really was. In...

Danie Marais, Director of Redstor.

Safer Internet Day 2017- Redstor’s contribution

February 7, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Online & Social, Opinion, SecurityComments Off on Safer Internet Day 2017- Redstor’s contribution

Specialised cloud software and backup services provider Redstor is urging the market to unite for a better internet and support the global Safer Internet Day 2017 on Tuesday 7 February. The annual worldwide initiative is organised to encourage users of...

Claude Schuck, regional manager at Veeam Africa

African businesses need to embrace always-on availability

February 6, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Top StoriesComments Off on African businesses need to embrace always-on availability

Africa has long been considered as a destination for investment and growth. The developing economies across the continent offer significant opportunities for those seeking potential beyond European and Asian markets. Claude Schuck, regional manager for...

The SAP mobile cloud based solution enables stuff to reduce  paperwork meaning no duplication or opportunities for human error to affect test results. (Image Source: pnrsoftsol.com)

First of its kind SAP cloud solution for cervical cancer screening

February 3, 2017 • Cloud Computing, East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on First of its kind SAP cloud solution for cervical cancer screening

SAP’s Design and Co-Innovation Center together with Heidelberg University Hospital have developed a digitized screening test. The cancer screening test combines applied medical research with the power of innovative SAP cloud technology in a bid to...

Claude Schuck, regional manager at Veeam Africa

Availability, trust and security trends for African businesses in 2017

February 3, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Software, Southern AfricaComments Off on Availability, trust and security trends for African businesses in 2017

A look at the evolution of data availability and associated issues that have the potential to transform ordinary businesses, power new business models, enable innovation, and deliver greater value. Take a look below at our 2017 IT Trends for South Africa....